Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and the “controversial” return of boxing without gloves
On June 2, in Cheyenne( USA), a” Bare Knuckle Boxing” tournament was held, a boxing tournament where athletes fight without the use of the appropriate gloves, indeed to specify better even without MMA gloves,only bare hands.
This review of boxing has obviously caused many fans to turn their noses up, both because of the atypicality of the discipline and because of the risks that come with it, with injuries and trauma also reported in the long term, which jeopardize the safety of practitioners.
BKFC is the first promotion to hold a bare knuckle sanctioned boxing eventin the United States since 1889.
Its first event was held in 2018, with 4 “numbered” events held in February 2019.
The BKFC events have had important talents such as Ricco Rodriguez, Charles Bennett, Kendall Grove, Chris Lytle, Joe Riggs, Leonard Garcia, Eric Prindle, Joey Beltran , Bec Rawlings and Bobby Gunn, Yoel Romero, Alessio Sakara, .
In February 2019, former UFC light heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced that he will join the company in an administrative role.
List of FIGHTERS
- Arnold Adams
- Bruce Abramski
- Jaime Arevalo
- Omar Avelar
- Gilberto Aztec Aguilar
- Reggie Barnett
- Justin Baesman
- Troy beets
- Johnny Bedford
- Joey Beltran
- Charles Bennet
- Michael Bisset
- Aaron Brink
- Elvin Britto
- James Clayton Burns
- Jamie Campbell
- Chris Cella
- Ivana Coleman
- Irineu Blessed Costa Jr.
- Rusty Crowder
- Leandro Da Silva
- Christine Ferea
- Cecilia Flores
- Alma Garcia
- Leonard Garcia
- Diego Garijo
- Jorge Gonzalez
- Kendall Grove
- Bobby Gunn
- Kaleb Harris
- Britain Hart
- Randy Hederick
- Sergio Herrera
- Maurice Jackson
- Jim Jennett
- Jason Knight
- Julian Lane
- Erik Leander
- Chris Leben
- D.J. Linderman
- Drew Lipton
- JC Llamas
- Artem Lobov
- Tony Lopez
- Chris Lytle
- Paulie Malignaggi
- Nick Mamalis
- Brandon Martin
- Jimmy Mcdade
- Michael McDonald
- Omar Molina
- Robert Morrow
- Matt Murphy
- Bobo Obannen
- Estevan Payan
- Joe Pegg
- Eric Prindle
- Bec Rawlings
- Joe Riggs
- Shannon Ritch
- Josue Rivera
- Ivan Rocka
- Rich Rodriquez
- Jose Ruleus
- Lewis Rumsey
- Chase Sherman
- Sam Shewmaker
- Tom Shoaff
- Alejandro Solorzano
- Dale Sopi
- Marcel Stamps
- Sheena Star
- Harris Stephenson
- Jennifer Tate
- Travis Thompson
- Rudo Tovar
- Jesus Tukano Quevedo
- Isaac Vallie Flagg
- Abdiel Velazquez
- Brok Weaver
- Shawn West
BKFC was founded in April 2018 and is chaired by former professional boxer David Feldman.
After receiving approval to hold a sanctioned event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the BKFC held the first bare-handed boxing event in the United States since 1889.
Going back to the origins of this discipline, it can be seen that the Bare Knuckle has very ancient roots, since there are testimonies dating back to the 1800s.
On December 4, 1855, The first Bare Knuckle match in history occurred, between James Kelly and Jonathan Smith.
The match was played in Australia, and lasted 17 rounds.
The Birth of Bare Knuckle Boxing
In 2013, a professional promotion, BKB (Bare Knuckle Boxing), was formed in the United States, which established rules, although this discipline is not so far from street fight.
Athletes fight in a circular space, similar to that used for grappling and free wrestling matches, with the help of 6-8 oz gloves, then a couple of sizes lighter than those used in boxing, which by regulation provide the size of 10 oz;
Obviously compared to the BKB the BKFC version leave the knuckles of the hands uncovered, and this is the most controversial aspect, the fact that the hand is completely free, a very high risk to the safety of athletes.
Each fight takes place in a special four-string circular ring, to which the “Square Circle” has been assigned.
This ring incorporates elements of historical combat with bare hands, containing two lines on the ground, 3 feet apart and in the center of the ring.
These scratch cards are based on the rules of Broughton, which regulated combat with bare hands in the XIX century.
It is a requirement that every fighter must start each round with the front foot on the starting line.
This is referred to as “Toe the Line”, and is an instruction given to the fighters at the beginning of each round, followed by “Knuckle Up” which signals the start of the round.
BKFC 1, which took place on 2 June 2018, also featured the first bare-handed fight of sanctioned American women in modern history.
The Bare-Knuckle Boxing Fame Hall of Fame recognized this milestone and awarded the winner of this competition, Bec Rawlings, with the Police Gazette World Belt belt several days after her victory.
BKFC recognizes Bec Rawlings as one of its champions, as it has defended this title on several occasions within the promotion.
At BKFC 3, Arnold Adams defeated Sam Shewmaker in the finals of an eight-man tournament to be crowned heavyweight champion.
In February 2019, former UFC heavyweight title contender Anthony Johnson announced that he would join the company in an administrative role.
BKFC events that have already taken place to date and are scheduled:
- 23 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Fight Night: Wichita October 23, 2021 Wichita, Kansas, USA
- 22 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Fight Night: Montana October 9, 2021 Billings, Montana, USA
- 21 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 21 September 10, 2021 Omaha, Nebraska, USA
- 20 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 19: VanZant vs. Ostovich July 23, 2021 TBA
- 19 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 18: Beltran vs. Shewmaker June 26, 2021 Miami, Florida, USA
- 18 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 17: Tate vs. Burns April 30, 2021 Birmingham, Alabama, United States
- 17 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 16: Garcia vs. Elmore March 19, 2021 Miami, Florida, USA
- 16 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship: Knucklemania February 5, 2021 Lakeland, Florida, USA
- 15 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 15: Shewmaker vs. O’Bannon December 11, 2020 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 14 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 14: Palomino vs. Alers November 13, 2020 Miami, Florida, U.S.
- 13 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 13: Beltran vs. Stamps October 10, 2020 Salina, Kansas, U.S.
- 12 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 12: Alves vs. Lane September 11, 2020 Daytona Beach, Florida
- 11 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 11: Palomino vs. Vallie-Flagg July 24, 2020 Oxford, Mississippi, U.S.
- 10 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 10: Lombard vs. Mundell February 15, 2020 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
- 9 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 9: Lobov vs. Knight 2 November 16, 2019 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 8 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 8: Silva vs. Gonzaga October 19, 2019 Tampa, Florida, U.S.
- 7 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 7: Alers vs. Garcia August 10, 2019 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 6 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6: Malignaggi vs. Lobov June 22, 2019 Tampa, Florida, U.S.
- 5 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5: Lobov vs Knight April 6, 2019 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 4 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 4: USA vs Mexico February 2, 2019 Cancun, Mexico
- 3 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 3: The Takeover October 20, 2018 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 2 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: A New Era August 25, 2018 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
- 1 Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 1: The Beginning June 2, 2018 Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
Bare Knuckle: Criticism rains down on Feldman
In the current version, matches are played with simple bandages on the hands and wrists and it is forbidden to hit the opponent when he is on the ground.
David Feldman,organizer of the BKBchampionships, claimed to have received numerous criticisms, with some intimidation by telephone;
He also claims that the sport is indeed one of the safest in the world, although images from matches would seem to say otherwise.
Event transmission partners
Initially, BKFC pay-per-view attacks were broadcast worldwide via FITE TV.
On July 24, 2020, it was announced that starting in August DAZN will stream BKFC events.
Now I personally believe that being a sport the safety of athletes is important and the fact that there is continuous research into equipment such as gloves and paradents,etc. on the protections of athletes it seems to me that you focus much more on the show and the bloody clash than on other aspects.
Events are increasing as the number of users so there is an important response from the public that has always been intrigued by fights brought to the limit but it is important the safety of athletes who in this case find conflicting opinions.
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